Ponting fined for arguing

2010-12-27 11:37

Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been fined 40 percent of his match fee after being found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) code of conduct during the Boxing Day Test against England in Melbourne on Monday.

Ponting was charged with “arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision”.

Ponting pleaded guilty and, as such, under the provisions of the code, the matter was determined by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC match referees, without the need for a full hearing.

The match referee imposed a fine equivalent to 40 percent of the player’s match fee.

The charge was brought by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Tony Hill and third umpire Marais Erasmus.

Explaining his decision, Madugalle said: “Ricky’s actions as captain of his country were unacceptable.

A captain is expected to set the example and not get involved in a prolonged discussion with the on-field umpires and question their decision.

“While pleading guilty to the charge, Ricky understood that the discussion went on far too long.

He apologised for his action and stated he has nothing but respect for the umpires and his on-field actions were not intended to show disrespect.”

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